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Assessing the Phase III data in CIC for Plecanatide vs. Linzess and how different CIC vs. IBS-C data is for these drugs

Ticker(s): SGYP, AGN, IRWD

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  • Gastroenterologist with over 20 years of experience practicing gastroenterology
  • Trained in all endoscopic procedure and the Orbera intragastric balloon for weight loss
  • Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine

Interview Questions

Can you please give some background on your practice and the number of patients you treat with CIC and IBS-C?

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What percent of your CIC patients need medication for treatment rather than diet and other interventions?

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What % of patients have success with OTC laxatives? Are there any patients you see currently in need of medical intervention for CIC, but not on medication?

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Investors are very focused on the Plecanatide diarrhea rate being significantly lower than Linzess' rate. Do you find this to be a problem in the patients you treat with Linzess now?

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How do you currently decide between using Amitiza and Linzess in CIC patients?

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Are CIC patients clearly and consistently different patients than IBS-C patients? IBS-D? - If the patients are not clearly categorized, do you think that Plecanatide will be significantly hindered until approved for both?

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What is the biggest reason constipation sufferers don't currently receive prescription treatment? - Do you see anything in the Plecanatide data that would increase the number of patients seeking treatment?

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Based on the data thus far, do you anticipate success for Plecanatide in IBS-C? - Does an increase in bowel movements typically result in improvements in abdominal pain?

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Can you please discuss some of the key differences between CIC and IBS-C from a therapeutic standpoint? Why do companies need to run 4 trials for seemingly similar illnesses?

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Do you view the data for Plecanatide as markedly clinically superior to Linzess? (Specifically around diarrhea rates)

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How much do you think the addition of a well marketed treatment like Plecanatide will grow the CIC and IBS-C markets?

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